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The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce that application and nomination are now open for the Martin Luther King, Jr. UNC Student Scholarship and the Unsung Hero Award.

The scholarship finalists and award winners will be presented at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Lecture and Awards Ceremony.

MLK Scholarship finalists Trinity Johnson, Rubi Quiroz & Andre Ciccotti react as Quiroz is named the winner of the scholarship 2017


The scholarship is open to all JUNIORS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Any junior may apply whose public and private community activities demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life of our community and campus.

The awards are given annually to students who, as judged by the MLK, Jr. Scholarship Committee, best exemplify Dr. King’s commitment to our society. Nominees are judged on the basis of the activities and contributions that demonstrate their commitment to civil/human rights and their desire to improve the quality of life of all members of University community.

Applications are also reviewed to understand their ability to achieve and excel academically. One first place winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and two runner-up candidates will receive $1,000 scholarships.

The deadline for applications is November 1. Late applications will not be accepted.  

Applications must be submitted electronically at MLK Student Scholarship Application.

2019 Unsung Heroes Award winners (L-R: Erica Wallace and Dean Jan Yopp)


The purpose of the Unsung Hero award is to recognize UNC faculty and staff or department or community/corporate entity who have exemplified a commitment to inclusion and through their work – demonstrated collaboration, commitment to equity and building community. Nominees should meet the following criteria: Exemplify steadfast commitment to inclusion; Contributed significantly to furthering social justice initiatives, equity and diversity through their everyday work and advocacy; Made a positive difference in the lives of others at Carolina.

The deadline for submissions is November 15. Awards will be given to up to two recipients.

Nominations must be submitted electronically at MLK Unsung Hero Award Nomination

For additional information, please visit our webpage at  or contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at


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